The first workshop on Context-based Information Retrieval for E-science (CIRE’2013)

In the web of data, and especially e-science, heterogeneous resources such as data representation and description are potentially in relation. How can we formalize and exploit these relations? A possible answer is to consider contextual levels of representation (e.g., an ontology for research activity). Modeling these levels should bridge the gap between Information Science, Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science due to the use of standards like RDFS, OWL (and the Linked Data principles) and allow a convergence around the semantic definition of relations between resources.  A primary focus of interest will concern the semantic characterization of these relations.

A foundational hypothesis is that e-science resources and publications must be considered in the context of their related resources. A corresponding e-science challenge could be the availability of resources corresponding to different steps of research activity. We are interesting both by the data context level or the specified relations between sets of descriptive (meta)data and the e-science level, or the user navigation between resources in a way to progress into its activity. In e-science, the context is defined using the relations between a published work and its used resources, including its community framework. These relations between heterogeneous data must be subsumed by a more general model of the research activity, involving knowledge structures like ontology, taxonomy and terminology.

Today, these constructions are tied to communities and are limited to a social categorization of the publication. How resources can deal with these communities to characterize frameworks and collective topics (and not only a more precise subject definition)?  This question exceeds the usual profile characterization by the introduction of knowledge structures which also raises further issues such as: How the described content of a resource can be appropriate to describe some features of other related resources?  What kind of information retrieval can be adapted to this new situation? How can we consider resource annotation and content extraction in this framework? What model of (scientific) activity is useful to govern the relations between these resources?

Relations between data structures can be specified in the “semantic web” framework. But if we integrate the user, how the realized relations are stored and how they can be reused? How can we build communities of use founded on these practices? These questions introduce new perspectives about the record of the user behavior and then about web service elaboration. Furthermore, issues about resource content extraction and representation will reformulate the distinction between metadata based ontology and ontology for database structure.

The workshop will be a place for discussion between different perspectives on e-science development and a way to articulate its different parameters. It will foster the convergence between theoretical perspectives, social science analysis and more technical propositions.


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Topics of interest for the workshop include, but are not restricted to:

–          Context-based Information retrieval methods and models

–          Ontologies for context modeling (e.g., activity).

–          Metadata and resource description.

–          E-science experiences with context and tools.

–          Models of contextualized information exchange.

–          Analysis and models of scientific activity in context.

–          E-science infrastructures and tools using context description.

–          Digital libraries and context description.

–          Reasoning on texts in context.

–          Adaptive web-based systems for e-science

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Scope and submission:


The format of the workshop accepts peer-reviewed full contributions and will allow ample time for open discussions amongst the participants. Maximum page length: 6-12 pages


One-day workshop


Some practical information:

August 1st

September 15th
October 1st
October 15th
October 28-29th

Submissions to workshop due (NB: 10 days after conference notification)
Notification to WS authors
Final WS version due
WS Proceedings received by local committee (NB: put on a USB key)
Workshop sessions


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Program Committee:

–          Chairs:

–          Programme committee:

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Submission procedure


Workshop submission will be electronic, in pdf format only. Submitted papers must not exceed 12 pages and should conform to Springer LNCS style (see below). At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the workshop and the main conference, and present the contribution at the workshop in order to be published in the workshop proceedings.

Submission system

Paper submission will be handled using EasyChair. The submission web page is


Authors are strongly encouraged to use the LaTeX class file available here. Authors’ instructions along with LaTeX and Word macro files are available on the web at Springer’s information for LNCS authors.

Workshop proceedings

The workshop proceedings will be published as part of the CONTEXT 2013 workshop proceedings and online as CEUR workshop proceedings (

Review process

Three members of the program committee will review each submission. A review form will direct reviewers to evaluate submissions for appropriateness, technical strength, originality, presentation, and overall evaluation, as well as recording the reviewer’s confidence in the topic. Each category will be rated on a scale from 1 to 5. Furthermore, we will emphasize that reviewers must provide constructive notes and remarks to help contributors to improve their current and future submissions. The committee will be asked to give extensive comments. The number of accepted papers will depend on the number of suitable submissions. To assure sufficient discussion time, at most 15 contributions will be accepted for oral presentation, with additional poster acceptances possible.

Do not hesitate to contact the workshop chairs for further information: 

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